Trick Photography Examples – Here Is One I Took Using Digital Photography

Trick Photography Examples

I’m not sure if this is a very good example of trick photography.  I took this in the forest on a recent outing with my wife.  We are quite in to digital photography and are always up for more photo tips.

It took a lot of jumping to get this one right.  I’m still not convinced that it looks exactly like I wanted, but it’s pretty close.  What I was aiming for was the illusion that i’m standing in mid air, looking back at someone walking down the path toward me, and getting ready to run away from that person.  It’s up to you to judge how well I accomplished that goal.

I’m quite impressed by really good levitation photos, which I consider some of the more impressive trick photography examples, although I wouldn’t consider this to be one of them.  The thing is that you need to make it look like you’re floating or hanging in mid air.  This is done through body positioning and the expression on your face.  Mess up on either of these two and the picture just won’t look very good.

To me it seems like the best strategy is to get your body into a position where it doesn’t reasonably seem like there is any other way for you to get back down to the ground, except for by falling.  And the other important thing is to catch yourself while you’re jumping up.  If it looks like you’re falling and on your way back down (i.e. your hair is flying up or your clothes are lifted too high) then our minds will immediately realize that the person has jumped, and that doesn’t make for any kind of trick photo.

I’ve looked at a lot of photography websites and there doesn’t seem to be  a whole bunch dedicated to trick photography, or with a lot of trick photography examples. Please leave a comment and let me know where I might be able to find more  and go here to find out more about trick photography and special effects.

Trick Photography Examples – How Imagination Is Your Best Friend

I found this on Facebook the other day and just wanted to share it with you all.  Talk about some cool trick photography examples. Just goes to show that a lot of times trick photography comes from the imagination.

Just look at how one location was used to make so many different cool pictures.

Anyway, it was very inspiring and I just wanted to let you all see it too.  Click on the photo to see it on Facebook.

Trick Photography Examples

Image source:  EL PAÍS digital

Ways To Take Trick Photos – Learn How To Take Photos That Will Impress Your Friends

There are all kinds of ways to take trick photos. If you’ve run out of ideas, or can’t seem to learn to take photographs that you want to, here are 5 tips that might help you.

5 Ways To Take Trick Photos

 

1. Be Prepared.  This one isn’t exactly a technique, it’s more like a mindset.  If you’re like me you probably see photo opportunities all the time.  And you probably also say things like, “That would have made a really great picture”.  The problem with would have is that it means you weren’t ready to get that shot.  If you want to get more ways to take trick photos, you need to have your camera on you and be ready to capture the moment as it happens.

2. Toss It.  Don’t do this with your expensive dslr, but using the timer function and tossing your camera in the air is a good way to get shots from an angle that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.  You can get really creative with this.  Chances are you’ll have to do a lot throwing before you get it right, but if you have some patience it will pay off eventually.

3. Throw An Object.  Take a chair, for example.  If you just take a picture of a chair then that’s not exactly trick photography.  But if you get a picture of a chair that looks like it’s sitting on the ground, even though it’s 5 feet in the air, all of a sudden you have a trick photo.  The key is to make sure that you get a shot of the chair when it is perfectly vertical.  As soon as it looks like it’s leaning, the illusion is ruined and the picture loses its effect.

4. Use the Timer.  If you’re taking a shot that requires a long exposure and you want to have a crisp image, sometimes even the act of pushing the button to take the shot will cause enough movement to blur your photo.  To avoid that, you can use the timer to release the trigger, even while you’re hand holding the camera.

5. iPhone App.  Yes, these actually exist.  You can get an app for your iPhone that allows you to remotely trigger your camera.  That should open up a whole new world of possibilities.  Not only can you be somewhere else when the picture is taken, you can decided exactly at which point in time your image is captured.

Taking cool pictures is a lot in the imagination.  There are often subtle differences that can turn a regular photograph into something that makes people look twice.  With these ways to take trick photos, I hope you have added a few weapons to your arsenal for capturing those trick shots.

Happy shooting.

Understanding The Basics – Digital Photography Demystified

Before I got into photography, I always thought it was so complicated.  If you’re intimidated by the language of photography, get over it.  It’s really not so many words and what the words mean is actually pretty basic all things considered.   I’m sure you’ve heard them before, but I’m gonna concentrate on aperture, iso, and shutter speed.

Aperture

Just to keep things simple let’s think of a really simple illustration.  Forget about your camera for a second, and imagine that you have an empty paper towel roll.  You put it up to your eye, and look through it as if it were a telescope. Now pretend that the combination of that paper towel roll and your eye is your camera.  Would you be surprised if I told you that the word aperture is just a way to describe the size of the paper towel roll?

Well, that’s actually the case.  All that aperture means is a hole, and you talk about size relative to aperture because on a camera you can change the size of that hole.

Of course the f stop numbers are a bit confusing, in that a bigger number actually means that hole is smaller, and the numbering system doesn’t go one, two, three, four like we’re used to, but at the end of the day all you  need to remember is that aperture means hole.  The bigger the hole, the more light can get in.  The smaller the hole, the less light can come in.

 

Shutter Speed

This one doesn’t require much explanation cause it is basically what it says it is.  There is a shutter on your camera, and the shutter speed refers to how long the shutter is open when you take a photograph.

Obviously, the longer the shutter stays open, the more light can come in.  Conversely, if the shutter is only open for a short amount of time, less light will be allowed in.

What can be confusing again is the numbering system, but that’s just because we’re dealing with very short time spans.  Your camera will display shutter speeds less than a second as numbers without fractions, even though they are just that, fractions of a second.

Because of that a bigger number will actually make for a shorter shutter speed, until you increase the shutter speed past 1 second, at which point a bigger number will make for a longer shutter speed.

 

ISO

Oh, good old iso.  I don’t know what ISO stands for, and I don’t really care.  All you need to know is that ISO is a way to describe how sensitive the sensor on your camera is to light.  So instead of affecting the amount of light coming in through time or space, it varies how easily your camera allows light in.

You have probably heard that high ISO makes for bad pictures, and this is true (unless you’re lucky enough to have a brand new Canon 5d Mark iii or the new Nikon, in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this article).

The numbering system for ISO is straightforward in that a bigger number indicates a higher sensitivity and a lower number indicates the sensor is less receptive to the light coming in.

 

So it’s really as simple as that.  You can affect the light coming in to your camera by making the sensor more or less sensitive to the light (ISO), you can keep the shutter open for shorter or longer periods of time (shutter speed), and you can change the size of the hole through which the light comes in (aperture).

Trick Photography Techniques – Shooting in Low Light without a Tripod

Trick Photography Techniques

We all know that using low lighting, which is one of the best trick photography techniques, provides the opportunity for some really cool photographs.  Problem is that shooting in low light is a tough thing to do.  Of course if you have a tripod that can keep your camera perfectly still then you’re a long way ahead of the game, but the fact is, who carries a tripod around with them?  I know I don’t.  So for all of the times when you have the chance to capture a great image here are some things you can try to stabilize your camera without a tripod.

3 Trick Photography Techniques

 

1. Set it down.  Admittedly this isn’t always possible, but if you can get the framing you want by setting the camera either on the ground or some other kind of solid object, that is obviously your first choice.  Use whatever you have on you to try to stabilize the camera body.  A jacket can work well, or even a water bottle.  Basically you can make use of whatever you have with you. Trick photography techniques sometimes aren’t about being fancy.

2. Grab onto something.  If you can’t set the camera down and have to hand hold it, you will want to find something solid and try to attach yourself to that thing as well as you can.  It might be a tree, or a lamp post, or a bus stop sign.  Whatever the case, try to lean your body, or wrap yourself around that object in such a way that you steady yourself as much as possible.

If you can pull the camera tight to you, you will find that it becomes much easier to hold it steady that if you are holding it out in the middle of thin air.  The more you can make that camera an extension of you, the easier it will be to keep it from moving.

So try to grab on to or lean against something really solid, and then bring your camera as tight to your body as you can.  And don’t get discouraged if this one of the trick photography techniques doesn’t work the first time.  Chances are you will have to play around a bit before you get things just like you want them.

3. Use the timer.  Even if you manage to hold the camera perfectly still while the shutter is open, there is still the problem of camera shake or movement at the time that you press the shutter.  It takes an incredibly sure and still finger to press the release button without moving the rest of the camera in any way.

Because of that, one of the ways to cheat is to simply use the self timer.  Most cameras allow you to set it for 2 or 10 secs.  In this case 2 seconds is all that we need to get ready for the shutter to open.

Using the timer will take away the tension you would otherwise feel with having to keep the camera steady while you pushed the release button, and that will help you keep things more still throughout the rest of the shot as well.  Hope these trick photography techniques have helped.

Happy shooting.